555-Hour Massage Certificate: Western Focus

Most massage therapy practiced in the United States is based in Swedish or western massage. Practitioners of western massage usually use a lubricant to work directly on the client’s skin, utilizing various strokes to manipulate soft tissues. This treatment engages the muscular, cardiovascular and nervous systems to reduce pain and tissue tightness, enhance circulation and promote general relaxation.

Western Massage Focus students take 180 hours of hands-on classes concentrated on learning Swedish massage techniques. This is the basic field of study covered in the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists practical examination. Another 210 hours of training is devoted to health sciences. The remainder of classes encompass practice development skills and 70 hours of electives.

The program has been approved by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists and the Washington Department of Health Board of Massage. OSM is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork for training certification and as a continuing education provider.

555-Hour Shared Core Curriculum

Shared Core classes are those that are taken by students pursuing either the Western or Eastern Focus program.

Health SciencesHours
Anatomy & Physiology I30
Anatomy & Physiology II30
Anatomy & Physiology III30
Kinesiology Upper Body30
Kinesiology Lower Body30
Pathology I30
Pathology II30
Bodywork
Massage Fundamentals45
Massage Upper Body30
Massage Lower Body30
Shiatsu I30
Hydrotherapy15
Practice Development
Communication and Ethics30
Business of Massage15
Statutes5

Western Focus Curriculum

The courses below are unique to the Western Focus program.

CoursesHours
Massage Assessment & App.30
Swedish Clinic45
Bodywork Electives70
555 Hours

Planning Guide-Western Focus

For course descriptions of required classes, click here.

Massage Training Previews

Previews help you make a sound decision about choosing a career in massage by outlining the time, finances and energy needed for training. Oregon licensing and career opportunities are discussed. There is no cost to attend.

Next Dates:
Thursday, April 27: 6:30-8:30pm - SALEM
Saturday, April 29: 10am-12pm - PORTLAND

To reserve a seat, contact:
PORTLAND - Nicole Spears, 800-844-3420 or  E-mail
SALEM - Janet Burkhart, 877-588-8912 or  E-mail

Clinic Call-In

Call-In





March 23rd, 9am - PORTLAND
March 31st, 8:30am - SALEM


To sign up for student Clinic massages, please call the campus of your choice. The cost is $35 for a one hour Swedish massage.

PORTLAND - 503-892-5753
SALEM - 503-585-8912